Media Releases

The media plays an important role in alerting the general public to issues of concern to older Victorians.

COTA Victoria produces media releases whenever the situation or issue requires a public response.

Media Enquiries

All media enquiries should be emailed to or by phone at (03) 9655 2123

2018 Media Releases

COTA Commends Victorian Opposition’s support for Retirement Housing Ombudsman

Safeguarding the Silver Economy – COTA National Policy Forum

COTA Australia welcomes decisive action on elder abuse

Urgent action needed on financial abuse

COTA resources support post-death red tape nightmare

Extra home care packages and other welcome aged care measures will provide relief for older Australians

Federal Budget recognises role of older Australians

Federal Budget 2018 – welcome commitment to better planning for an ageing population and aged care

Victoria’s 2018-19 State Budget

COTA Australia welcomes compulsory influenza vaccination program to protect nursing home residents

COTA welcomes energy bills busting incentive

Older Australians welcome stronger, streamlined aged care quality and safety agency

COTA demands Victorian Agenda for Ageing

Resources to safeguard life choices at the End of the Rainbow

Dividend imputation proposal needs revision but deserves considered and reasoned discussion

Call to action for elder abuse to be addressed head-on

Fight elder abuse: National Elder Abuse conference

Senate’s Oakden inquiry report highlights the need for better protection for older Australians in residential care

Parliamentary friends urged to help Australians love food at any age

Congratulations 2018 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Graham Farquhar


2017 Media Releases

Call to action for elder abuse to be addressed head-on

COTA aged care advisory line media

Australia’s economic and social development being held back by failure to tap the talents, contributions and participation of Older Australians

COTA Victoria urges informed discussion on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Government action on 50,000+ home care waiting list very welcome but longer term solution needed soon

Finishing aged care reform must be a top priority for government as Tune Review report released

Government fails to take decisive action on Retirement Housing

COTA Welcomes Swift Government Action Toward Compulsory Flu Vaccinations For Aged Care Staff

Over 50’S Employment Pilots – A Good Step Forward But More Needed

New retirement village fees calculator enhances consumer information and decision making

COTA welcomes next steps in aged care reform but government must not falter in achieving greater choice and control

Retirement village residents often left in the dark over complex contracts

Retirement Village Residents Have a Voice – Finally

FEDERAL BUDGET 2017: Budget Aged Care measures welcome – except one

Budget 2017: government delivers some good news for older Australians but misses some key challenges of an ageing Australia

Budget boost to regional rail good news but co-ordination and communication must improve

Victorian 2017-18 Budget Highlights Need for Whole-of-Government Strategy on Ageing

Budget must address rental affordability not just ownership

COTA_VIC_ 1703 MR Policy Priorities Statement2017 housing

COTA Victoria’s Policy Priorities Statement 2017 – Urgent transport fix needed for regional Victoria

COTA Victoria welcomes committee findings on retirement housing sector

Home care services for older Australians enter new era

2016 Press Releases

COTA Victoria calls for calm and informed discussion on the Government’s response to the End of Life Choices Inquiry

Significant Contribution of Older Australians

Take a Stand Against Ageism

Age Discrimination In The Workforce: Action Needed

2015 Press Releases

UN Human Rights Day 2015

International Day of Older People

State Budget 2015

Seniors Conference 2015

International Womens Day 2015

2014 Press Releases

International Day of Human Rights (PDF) – 10th December 2014

Older Victorians to Decide Priorities for Victorian State Election (PDF)  – 1 October 2014

The International Day Of Older People – 1 October 2014

Purple power for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014(PDF) – 12 June 2014

International Womens Day: 8 March 2014 (PDF)  – 06 March, 2014

Deaths of Older People from Heatwaves (PDF) – 28 January, 2014

2013 Press Releases

Human Rights Day 2013: Consider the rights of older Australians (PDF) – 10 December, 2013
Call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People – (PDF) – 08 July, 2013
Men’s Health Week 2013 – (PDF) – 12 June, 2013
Melbourne’s Arts Centre Spire Turns Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2013  (PDF) –  12 June, 2013
COTA Victoria Statewide Conference on Issues Facing Older Victorians (PDF) – 3 June, 2013
Volunteer Week 2013: Seniors Make an Enormous Contribution (PDF ) – 9 May, 2013
2013-14 State Budget at a Glance – What’s in it for seniors? (PDF) – 8 May, 2013
State Government’s new Fire Services Property Levy (PDF) – 2 May, 2013
Launch of Age Friendly Communities 12 March 2013
New commissioner for senior Victorians  20 February 2013
Need for housing for the aged – Herald Sun 14 January 2013

2012 Press Releases
Taxi response must put passengers first 12 December 2012
Seniors festival give us pause to consider those doing it tough October 2012
Call for a Commissioner for Older People –  August 22th, 2012

Older Victorians Outraged Over Water Charges June 13th 2012
Loneliness Major Cause of Death – World Health Day Release April 7th 2012
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15th 2012
National Volunteers Week 14th to 20th May 2012
Older Victorians and the State Budget 2012
What COTA  wants from the 2012  Victorian Budget
Older Drivers Campaign – March 2012

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